Borneo Wildlife Safari

Spend 5 spectacular days in Borneo in search of wildlife. See the famous Orangutan before witnessing the exodus of millions of bats in the evening. A must do for wildlife seekers particularly those who want to maximize their chances of seeing the Orangutan in the wild.

Best time for this itinerary: July and August

Touring Style - private tour 

Prices are seasonal, include hotels, breakfast, wildlife excursions and transfers. Starts from:
GBP 1403 per person sharing a twin room, Standard Class Hotels

International and domestic airfares are extra..

Borneo Wildlife Safari at a glance
  • Day 1: Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre to Sukau Rainforest Lodge
  • Day 2: Sukau Rainforest Lodge
  • Day 3: Sukau Rainforest Lodge to Gomantong Caves
  • Day 4: Sukau Rainforest Lodge to Danum Valley
  • Day 5: Danum Valley
  • Day 6:Danum Valley to Kota Kinabalu
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Day 1: Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre to Sukau Rainforest Lodge

Meet your guide on arrival at Sandakan airport. Transfer to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre where you'll learn about the plight of the Orang Utan and see at first hand the conservation efforts. Take a ten minute through the rainforest on wooden boardwalks to witness the feeding of the orangutans at 1000 hrs. Continue to visit the Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre to learn about conservation of the world's smallest bear.
After lunch, head to the Sandakan jetty to embark on a speedboat for a 2.5 hours boat journey up the Kinabatangan River to Sukau Rainforest Lodge. There will be opportunities along the way to view wildlife and birds, and if you're lucky, even the shy Bornean Pygmy Elephants.
In the early evening, head out into the wild on your river safari in search of wildlife and birds.
Return for a solar heated hot shower after sunset before enjoying a candlelight buffet dinner overlooking the mighty river. After dinner, join a night cruise tour to see more sleeping birds and animals and enjoy the magical night sky.
Stay overnight at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge.

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Day 2: Sukau Rainforest Lodge

Embark on a morning river cruise in search of wildlife and birds which are most active in the morning. After breakfast, proceed for an educational walking tour along the lodge's Hornbill Boardwalk with the in-house naturalist. After afternoon tea, head out onto the river once again in search of more wildlife. Breathe in the rainforest and capture the moments as you return at sunset from our final river cruise.
Candlelight dinner and overnight at Sukau Rainforest Lodge.

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Day 3: Sukau Rainforest Lodge to Gomantong Caves

Take an early morning river cruise along the Menanggol River by electric motorboat in search of wildlife. returning for a full breakfast.
After lunch, make a 27 km overland journey to the Gomantong Cave. The cave is surrounded by primary rainforest, rich in fruiting wild figs which make it an ideal place to spot Orangutans in the wild. You will have time to explore the cave and its surroundings until sunset when you'll be overwhelmed by the exodus of over two million bats heading out for the night, swiftlets coming in to nest as well as raptors (eagles) swooping in and preying on the bats.
Return to Sukau Rainforest Lodge for overnight.

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Day 4: Sukau Rainforest Lodge to Danum Valley

After breakfast, proceed 2 hours overland to Lahad Datu. Drive 83 km to the award-winning nature lodge, Borneo Rainforest Lodge. Enjoy lunch at the lodge and check-in before you explore the nature trails and river. In the evening, your guide conducts a slide show and if weather permits go spotlighting in search of nocturnal animals. Stay overnight at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge

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Day 5: Danum Valley

An early morning bird walk is followed by breakfast. Spend the whole day exploring the forest for birds and mammals, leading up to an escarpment with ancient burial coffins. Trek to a nearby waterfall for a refreshing dip in the rock pool, enjoying a "fish massage". Lunch back at the lodge. In the afternoon, explore more trails leading to the canopy walkway or if the weather and river level permits, enjoy a fun "tubing" experience down the river. Stay overnight at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge.

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Day 6: Danum Valley to Kota Kinabalu

A morning hike in search of mammals and birds. Return to the Lodge for lunch before departing for Lahad Datu. Take the late afternoon flight back to Kota Kinabalu to continue with your Borneo holiday on one of the pristine beaches.

 

Highlights

Danum Valley Lowland Rainforest

The conservation area covers a large area of lowland dipterocarp forest in Malaysian Borneo’s Sabah State. This remote region was never settled by humans, meaning that until recently it was never hunted, or logged, or interfered with in any way, leaving the forest’s towering 70 metre canopy uniquely primaeval and pristine.

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Kinabatangan River for exceptional wildlife cruises

The Kinabatangan River is the longest river in Sabah, and have the highest concentration of wildlife in Borneo. Dawn and late afternoon river cruises provide the perfect opportunity to see 10 primate species – usually the Proboscis Monkeys, Orangutan and Bornean Gibbon.

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Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

The centre is located at Sandakan in east Sabah State, in Malaysian Borneo. It offers a wonderfully unique opportunity to experience orangutans up close, while remaining entirely in their natural habitat.

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Accommodation

Danum Valley, unique lodge
Borneo Rainforest Lodge

Located deep in the Danum Valley on Malaysian Borneo’s East Coast, on a bank of the Danum River, the lodge lies in an area among the richest and most diverse in flora and fauna anywhere on earth

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Kinabatangan River, Sabah, Unique Lodges
Sukau Rainforest Lodge

The Sukau Rainforest Lodge leaves the lightest of footprints upon its stunningly beautiful and ecologically important natural surroundings.

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Kota Kinabalu, Deluxe Class
Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa

Located an easy 15 minutes transfer from Kota Kinabalu, the Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa enjoys stunning views across palm fringed beaches, to islands of coral set in the South China Sea

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Kota Kinabalu, Deluxe Class
Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Beach Resort & Spa

Located on Pantai Dalit Beach, enjoying sunrise views over Mount Kinabalu, the Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Beach Resort & Spa is set within its own stunning nature reserve of lush green jungle

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